Today in Hockey History: April 5

Today in Hockey History: April 5

April 5th, 2020 One of the most memorable final days of a regular-season occurred 50 years ago today. In addition, one of the greatest players of all-time said goodbye to the game while a legendary goaltender continued to rewrite the record books. The Crazy Last Day of 1969-70 The final day of the 1969-70...
NHL Rumors: Islanders, Golden Knights, Flyers, Penguins, More

NHL Rumors: Islanders, Golden Knights, Flyers, Penguins, More

April 5th, 2020 In today's NHL rumor rundown, defenseman Andy Greene has made it clear he wants to play another season in the NHL. Does that mean he'll return to the New York Islanders? Vegas Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer commented on the possibility of his team getting a bye in the playoffs and he's not...

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March 21st, 2020
Penguins History

Now that we don’t have any current hockey games to write about and breakdown for you, the logical thing to do was to back in time and look at some of the greatest moments and achievements in this wonderful sport. Welcome to our new daily feature, which will hopefully bring back some great memories and get us all through these strange days with no hockey. Tugnutt Goes Crazy in Boston Not only did Ron Tugnutt have one of the best names in NHL history, but he also put together quite the career. He won 186 games and had 26 shutouts over the course of a 16-year career that saw him play in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. On March 21, 1991, Tugnutt started for the Quebec Nordiques at the old Boston Garden and was pushed to the limits by the Boston Bruins. He was peppered with 73 shots and stopped 70 of them and yet, he didn’t win. The game ended in a 3-3 tie with the Bruins holding a 73-26 shot advantage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3HZMtTHerg Tugnutt faced 17 shots...
March 16th, 2020
Pittsburgh Penguins

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is buzz the NHL is working on a 24-game playoff outline and that players have been told they can head home, leading to the belief the NHL regular season is probably done. And, while the NHL figures out what to do about playoffs, teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins are thinking about whether or not to re-sign a player like Justin Schultz and the Arizona Coyotes might be thinking about how to regroup in the off-season. Justin Schultz Done With Penguins? Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Justin Schultz has probably seen his last games as part of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization if the season doesn't resume. The 29-year-old defenseman is a UFA this summer and his lack of strong play and poor underlying numbers this season likely means the Penguins, who are limited in cap space, will elect not to keep him. Justin Schultz, Pittsburgh Penguins, March 7, 2018 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) That rookie blueliner John...
March 11th, 2020
Pittsburgh Penguins

Recent games for the Pittsburgh Penguins have not been going well. A record of 3-7-0 in their last 10 games only amplifies the issues that have dawned on the team. With the rest of the Metropolitan Division hitting a torrid pace, the playoffs are not a certain thing for the Penguins if they are not able to turn their play around. As of March 11, the Penguins are still sitting in third place in the division with 86 points, but have slipped further behind the leaders. The Washington Capitals lead with 90 points and the Philadelphia Flyers are right on their tails with 89 points. Related: Penguins Approaching Critical Stretch of Season Many players on the team have been struggling, but there are some who have been feeling the effects of a bad slump more than others. These are players who, even prior to the six-game losing streak, were already seeing a downward turn in their play. Bryan Rust Bryan Rust has struggled immensely since the start of February. He has only potted...
March 10th, 2020
Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a golden opportunity. Losers of three straight, they began a three-game west coast trip on Feb. 26 against the Pacific Division's bottom dwellers: the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks, who had a combined 74-98-17 record and a -129 goal differential at the time. Coach Mike Sullivan has a daunting task in the season's final weeks. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) The Penguins lost all three games dismally, registering just three goals and finishing with a 5-0 shutout loss to arguably the league's worst goalie this season, the Sharks' Martin Jones. A week earlier, the Penguins had control of the Metropolitan Division crown. Now, they couldn't win a contest. Penguins Headed to DEFCON 2 While many would reach for the panic button, the analytics behind these performances told a different story. The Sharks match was one of their worst of the season but the Kings and Ducks battles, despite a lack of cohesion, were serviceable...
March 10th, 2020
Penguins Goaltending

The Pittsburgh Penguins have got a big problem in net, two big problems if you consider goaltenders Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry as separate issues. The biggest problem is there’s no clear solution. Murray vs. Jarry vs. DeSmith Assuming third-stringer Casey DeSmith isn’t the answer, just like at the beginning of the season the Penguins must still choose between Murray and Jarry. Unlike at the beginning of the season, the stakes are much higher at this juncture. The Penguins have 14 games left and are clinging to third place in the Metropolitan Division by a handful of points. Matt Murray - (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) The Columbus Blue Jackets are hot on their trails, three points back (12 games remaining). The Carolina Hurricanes, who are suffering through a goaltending crisis of their own yet still managed to beat the Penguins 6-2 on Sunday, are now five points back with one game in hand. Same goes for the ninth-place New York Islanders. Coincidentally, the...
March 4th, 2020
Pittsburgh Penguins

Over the course of the 2019-20 Pittsburgh Penguins’ season, a lot of talk has been floating around regarding head coach Mike Sullivan being a candidate for the NHL’s Jack Adams Award for league’s best coach. Given the injury-riddled season the Penguins have had, it makes sense he is near the top of that conversation.  If Sullivan was to win the award, he would be the second Penguins coach to win it, behind Dan Bylsma who won following the 2010-11 season. That year Bylsma coached the Penguins to 49-25-8 record. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both missed half of the season with injuries. This season is a lot of the same when it comes to injuries for the Penguins — both superstar forwards were injured for a period of time and the team still found a way to win. Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) As the season goes on, it does not seem like Sullivan will be leaving the Jack...

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10 Greatest Pittsburgh Penguins in Franchise History

The Penguins have been supremely fortunate to offer their fans two of the game's all-time legends in Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby. But it takes more than a single superstar to win Cups, they need other greats to support them. These players as well as some of the legends in the team's storied... January 2nd, 2020

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